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Florida speed limit increase proposed

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Updated: 11/12/2013 7:46 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Get ready to step on the gas.

A bipartisan bill being proposed in Tallahassee would raise the state speed limit 5 miles per hour, from 70 to 75.

Sixteen states already have limits over 70, including some parts of Texas that allow speeds of 85 miles per hour.

Lawmakers say it's just responding to drivers' behavior.

If passed, the Florida Department of Transportation would determine where speeds can be increased. State Sens. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, and Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, say they will propose an increase in the state's maximum speed limit from 70 to 75 miles per hour.

From a news release issued Tuesday: "Sen. Brandes' motivation behind the legislation is a desire to adjust speed limits to be more in line with actual driver behavior. If adopted, traffic engineers would be able to extend the maximum allowable speed on some roadways to 75 miles per hour if determined that the roadway was safe enough for such a speed."
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DukeGanote - 11/23/2013 1:21 PM
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Rural interstates deserve a 75-mph limit: In 2011, rural interstates accounted for 5% of Florida's traffic deaths, at the rate of 1.14 per 100 million travel miles while conventional roads had rates up 7.95! Observant drivers know why interstates are remarkably safer. Interstates vastly reduce the common causes of crashes: crossover conflicts at intersections; head-on collisions with adjacent, opposing traffic; and roadside hazards like trees, telephone poles, sharp curves, and sheer drop-offs. Interstates offer a "triple win": improved travel times, safety and fuel-efficiency by minimizing the common causes of crashes and delays. That's why we build interstates! HOAX SPOILER #1: "speed related" is a bogus political mishmash of: 1) Crashes that occur under adverse conditions: fog, rain, etc. 2) Citations that are given under the best conditions: typically sunny, dry, straight roads. The safety grifters are trying to convince you that generating lots of revenue under the best conditions on the best roads will reduce crashes under the worst conditions on the worst roads. Don't fall for it! HOAX SPOILER #2: Fuel efficiency is, as EPA stickers confirm, rather good on open highways. Since rural interstates account for about one-twentieth of Florida's highway travel, 70 or 75 is a trivial amount in the "big picture" of fuel consumption. CONCLUSION: 75 mph offers improved travel times for long-distance travelers and tourists, plus law enforcement focused on the most dangerous roads and collision "hot spots" instead of just playing (speedo)meter-reader. Higher speed limit on the best roads?? Good move!!

Gunny48 - 11/12/2013 8:17 PM
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75?! I ain't slowing down for nobody. Bwahahahahaha....
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